Kolkata HC reserves verdict on Bengal violence

Kolkata: The Kolkata High Court today completed hearing a case of violent violence that erupted after the Assembly elections in West Bengal and the court reserved the order. During the hearing, the court asked the Solicitor General to provide records of all suo motu cognizance cases on the matter. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Committee in its final report submitted on July 13 had made sharp comments on the law and order situation in West Bengal. State that the committee was constituted by the chairman of the NHRC on the directions of the court.

A five-judge bench headed by acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal heard the case. The bench consists of Acting Chief Justice besides Justice IP Mukherjee, Justice Harish Tandon, Justice Soumen Sen, and Justice Subrata Talukdar. The high court had on June 18 directed the NHRC chairman to set up a committee. The Rajiv Jain-led committee and several parties from NHRC visited various parts of West Bengal and ascertained the reality of the complaints.

Clashes were reported in several areas in West Bengal after the results of the assembly elections came out on May 2. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had said in early May that 16 people had lost their lives in post-election violence in the state.

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